Shannon is a 16 year old from Maryland. She enjoys writing, is pro recycling, and loves the Jonas Brothers.
World Wide Web
One of the most popular things to do when you’re home alone is to surf the web. But after you’ve visited all your favorite websites, the bright screen that you’re staring can become dull and mind-numbing. Instead of aimlessly wandering and possibly falling onto a webpage that you definitely shouldn’t have, surf around with caution and look up things that you find to be fun and entertaining. Some of my favorite sites include:
Of course YouTube is number one. It’s an endless library of videos on anything and everything. The categories range for television shows to stand up comedy. And it’s free. Who could want more than that?
2) Free Napster
This website has an extensive music collection and is updated regularly. You can listen to any type of music you want for free. It’s fantastic.
3) Cool Math
Yes, I admit that the name of the site immediately makes you think that it’s school-related and for educational purposes only, but that’s not completely true. It is a great place to find help or to practice if you’re looking to sharpen your math skills but they also have an assortment of challenging but enjoyable online games that can be discovered when you click on Spike’s Games in the lefthand column.
4) Teen News
As it says in the title, this website is a great source of “teen” news. It provides you with updates on topics that teens are interested in, ranging from celebrity gossip to movie reviews to fashion. I like to browse the articles and read up on all my favorites.
Experiment in the Kitchen
Open up a cookbook and get started! There are countless recipes for tasty dishes and scrumptious treats that are simple and don’t require a lot of previous experience in the kitchen. However, I do advise you to get the green light from your parents before you start your cooking adventure, just to check and make sure that you have permission to use their stove and whatever is included in the ingredients.
Ahh, the great outdoors. Even though it’s hot, exercise is always a great way to keep your body moving during the summer. This doesn’t mean that you have to engage in an intense workout on a daily basis, but activities like walking or bike riding are an effective way to enjoy the fresh air and burn a few calories at the same time.
The first word is purposely misspelled. During the summer, bored games (usually referred to as board games) can be an excellent source of entertainment when you have siblings or other people at your house. There is a vast selection to choose from —Monopoly, Sorry, Scrabble, Bananagrams and Outburst, just to name a few. Play the ones you have at home or go out and look for something new. They aren’t too expensive so parents usually don’t mind purchasing them. Games like Cadoo or Cranium are not only exciting but also stimulating for the mind, so they keep you interested and your brain working at the same time.
Card or party games are a satisfying alternative to board games. They only require a pack of cards or yourself. Here are a few of helpful sites that list party games that can get you past the classic game of Charades:
This site lists games from the show Who’s Line is it Anyway, where the guests play comical and entertaining improvisational game.
Create a playlist on your IPod or pop some of your favorite CDs into the stereo and have a jam session. This is super fun and a great stress reliever. Take advantage of the fact that you’re home alone and blast the music that no one else in your family likes. Sing as loud and dance as long as you want.
Tye-dye is so much fun! The kits aren’t costly and come with easy-to-follow instructions. You can dye pretty much anything you want as long as it is white. Shirts, shorts, socks, dresses—try anything you can get your hands on. I suggest loading up on your rubber bands so that you can use them to create designs on your items.
Who doesn’t love getting email? It’s not as fantastic as a handwritten letter but getting email is pretty great too. I mean, I rarely get emails where people are actually writing just to write—not to ask me for something, or try to sell me something, or notify me about something. Go through your contact list on your email account and write to someone just for the sake of writing. E-relationships are a good way to stay in touch with relatives and friends who aren’t into the Facebook or Myspace scene. They’ll enjoy hearing from you as much as you’ll enjoy writing to them.
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